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​Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy

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Boulder, Colorado





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Job Summary

​​The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for the position of Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy (VSCTP). We seek a highly visible individual who is eminent in their field and deeply engaged with the intellectual tradition or practice of conservative thought and policymaking, or both. The term of the appointment is variable, with a minimum of two up to a maximum of four semesters. The position begins August 2025.​ 
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

​​The mission of the Benson Center is to explore the culture, languages and ideas of the Western tradition, ranging from antiquity to modernity society. The Center is especially concerned with the values that emerge from that tradition, and their ongoing role in the institutions of the United States. Integral to this mission is the Center’s commitment to fostering research, debate and dialogue on the fundamental issues of our time – moral, political and economic. Our aim is to promote a lively and balanced conversation that respects both conservative and liberal ideals, thus fostering the full diversity of political, economic and philosophical perspectives on the CU Boulder campus. ​ 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

​​The Visiting Scholar will continue an open and vigorous dialogue on campus featuring the principles of conservatism in historical and contemporary contexts. Specific duties include teaching undergraduate courses, delivering public lectures, and organizing visiting speakers and events.​ 

What You Should Know

  • ​​The successful candidate will receive a senior professorial appointment, without tenure, in the College of Arts and Sciences. 
  • ​Faculty with previous University teaching experience will be hired as Visiting (rank) Professor.​ Those without previous experience as a faculty member will be hired as a Visiting Scholar.

What We Can Offer

  • ​​The hiring salary for this 100% position is between $185,000 and $225,000, commensurate with experience. 
  • A signing bonus may be available per departmental guidelines.
  • ​The compensation package is competitive, including relocation subsidy, dedicated budget, and administrative assistance.  
  • ​Benefits are available including medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as tax deferred annuity (optional savings plans – 403B, 457, 401k). An Eco Pass (for the bus system) will also be provided. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

​​Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment.​ 

What You Will Need

  • This is a senior position intended for professionals who are advanced in their careers. 
  • ​Candidates are expected to be highly visible scholars who are deeply engaged in either the analytical scholarship or practice of conservative thinking and policymaking or both.​ 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter​​
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation as the search progresses. 

​Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 2, 2024. Position will remain open until filled.

​Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.​ 

In compliance with the Colorado Job Application Fairness Act, in any materials you submit, you may redact or remove age-identifying information such as age, date of birth, or dates of school attendance or graduation. You will not be penalized for redacting or removing this information.

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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